Trump Attacks California Over Their Wildfires: ‘You’ve Got To Clean Your Floors’
President Donald Trump attacked California officials on Thursday over wildfires burning in the Bay Area, according to The Hill, accusing them of failing to manage the forest floors properly and saying they have not heeded his advice.
- Trump made the remarks during a speech in Pennsylvania, blaming the wildfires on “years” of mismanagement.
"And I see again, the forest fires are starting," Trump said. "They're starting again in California. And I said, you've got to clean your floors. You've got to clean your floors."
"I've been telling them this now for three years, but they don't want to listen," he added.
- The Hill noted that Trump made similar comments last year, which prompted “California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) to hit back by saying the president was unqualified to weigh in on fire safety due to his past remarks calling climate change a hoax.”
- The president had tweeted in November: "The Governor of California, @GavinNewsom, has done a terrible job of forest management. I told him from the first day we met that he must 'clean' his forest floors regardless of what his bosses, the environmentalists, DEMAND of him.”
- The outlet reported that “Newsom has blamed the current wave of fires on extraordinary weather in the state, noting that California has recorded more than 11,000 lightning strikes over the past 72 hours.”
It’s worth mentioning that Trump reportedly offered U.S. assistance to Russia when wildfires were raging in Siberia last year.